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Ripples in the Sand

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David Marlatt

David Marlatt


Subtitle: Inspirations of a Japanese Zen Garden


General Info

Year: 2007 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:35
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • F Horn
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Timpani
Percussion

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Claves
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

A karesansui is a Japanese rock garden that is an enclosed shallow sandbox containing sand, gravel, rocks, and occasionally grass or other natural elements. The main elements of these gardens are rocks and sand, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water. The most famous Zen garden is at the Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

This work is peaceful and reflective and accessible to young musicians. The major pentatonic scale is used as the basis for this composition which creates an interesting texture and evokes the sound of an ancient Japanese folk song.

- Program Note by publisher


Performance Notes

Can be played by a minimum of five wind/string players. Percussion parts are not required but add a lot to the overall ensemble sound.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Marlatt, D. (2007). Ripples in The Sand : Inspirations of a Japanese Zen Garden (Karesansui) [score]. Eighth Note Publications: [Markham, Ont.].
  • Perusal score